EME News December 13th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News December 13th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Teddy Tamgho is one of the best athletes in the world, in any event, in any sport. His performance this year at the World Championships was masterful. In the sixth and final round, he jumped his way into the exclusive 18 meter club. Tamgho is one of the most naturally gifted athletes in Track & Field. Unfortunately, he also has struggled with injury. In the summer of 2011 he broke his right ankle and now has a broken left tibia. Tamgho was planning on jumping Indoors and Out this season. With 2014 being a year off for Monsieur Tamgho following successful surgery on his leg, his goal of winning the 2016 Olympics and breaking Edwards' World Record (18.29) is still very much alive. Tamgho has already proven he can overcome a lower leg fracture and return to the top of the Triple Jump world. He can do it again.

EME NEWS (DEC 13, 2013)

Bolt in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES (ARG): Usain Bolt arrived to Buenos Aires and will take part in an exhibition race on a bus route along the Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires on Saturday. Bolt will be joined by three other Caribbean sprinters Kimmari Roach, Mario Forsythe and Daniel Bailey of Antigua. It is his first visit to Argetina and Bolt will perform series of activities. On Friday a press conference followed by a kids clinic. In the evening Bolt will give a talk about leadership and motivation at the Opera Theatre.

Top fields for Sunday
NEW DELHI (IND): The organisers of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on Sunday confirmed one of the best ever elite field assembled for a half marathon, and one of most competitive ever. Competing will be the world leaders at the distance 2013, also the 2nd best male runner. In the start list 4 men under 59.00, in total 11 sub 60 minutes athletes. Four women are having best time under 67, in total 7 women sub 68. 2012 world champion and bronze medallist in the women race from the last World Half Marathon Championships. Title defenders are also competing. 12 athletes in the elite field won at least one medal at various World Championships and one World Record holder. Ethiopia has Atsedu Tsegay and Yakob Jarso as the top ones, but Kenyan group is far stronger with HM World Champion WIlson Kiprop, also there Sammy Kitwara, Geoffrey Kipsang, Stephen Kibet, Kenneth Kipkemoi and Dennis Kimetto among others. On the women side Kenyans Lucy Kabuu, Florence Kiplagat and Gladys Cherono with Paskalia Kipkoech, Lineth Chepkurui and Emily Chebet are the strongest. Ethiopian side is represented by Meseret Hailu, Wude Ayalew and Waganesh Mekasha. Italian Nadia Ejaffini is top European entrant. In debuts to follow Kenyan Vincent Chepkok and Ethiopian Sentayehu Ejigu.

Kipsang vs. Kiprotich
GRANOLLERS (ESP): The 28th Half Marathon Granollers on February 2 will feature marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and World and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, reports masdeporte.as.com. Vanessa Veiga of Spain, who has a best of 72:45, has been confirmed for the women’s race.

Jobodwana turns pro
BRADENTON (USA): South African 200 m Olympic finalist Anaso Jobodwana (10.10 and 20.13 PB´s) chose to forgo his last two years of eligibility with the Tigers and turn pro, signing with Nike. Informs clarionledger.com. He was given the offer after competing in the World Championships in Moscow in August, when he finished sixth in the 200 meters, clocking 20.14. Jobodwana moved to Brandenton and trains at the IMG Academy with Loren Seagrave. He is eyeing the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in July. His track agent is Treshell Mayo, who has in her group also javelin Olympic winner Keshorn Walcott from Trinidad and Tobago.


PARIS (FRA): As it was already reported World triple jump champion Teddy Tamgho will miss the entire 2014 season after fracturing his shin just over 2 weeks ago, reports liberation.fr. The 24 year old Frenchman said, “I don't see the interest in jumping in 2014, my goal is to be No 1 and I'll not enter competition if I'm not at 100 per cent of my capabilities. I don't want to rush things. This will allow me to breathe, refocus on what I have to do in the future." Tamgho insisted that the injury was as a result of a weakness rather than overtraining and explained that the rehabilitation process is expected to take 3 to 5 months.

TORONTO (CAN): The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has announced that 37 million USD will be invested into its Own The Podium high-performance sport programme over the next four years, informs Inside The Games. This is a 48% increase from the amount invested over the last four year period (2009-2012). The programme was first implemented before the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010 in an effort to improve their Olympic performances and has seen good success. The funding increase, announced by COC President Marcel Aubut and Sports Minister Bal Gosal at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, is hoped to, “empower athletes to challenge the world with more funding, resources and a renewed sense of national purpose”.

LONDON (GBR): World 400 m champion Christine Ohuruogu believes that her younger sister Victoria Ohuruogu will challenge her in the coming years as she likes the way she is approaching the 400 m, reports Press Association Sport. Christine realises that her own success, which includes 2 World titles and 1 Olympic title over 400m, makes it hard for her 20 year old sister but she is determined that Victoria will improve and eventually beat her. “I hope that by encouraging her to set her standards high, she can see my work ethic and is willing to follow that,” said the 29 year old World champion. Victoria ran 52.62 this year, Christine ran 50.50 at the same age. 

NEW YORK (USA): Former World pole vault champion Brad Walker of the USA has joined New York Athletic Club, he informs via his twitter. The 32 year old finished 4th this year at the World Championships in Moscow.

BEND (USA): The 16th annual USATF National Club Cross Country Championships take place on December 14 in Bend Oregon, informs USATF. Last years 1st and 2nd placers in the women’s 6km race, Mattie Suver and Brianne Nelson, return for this year’s edition and will be challenged by Nike Oregon Project’s Jordan Hasay and Shannon Rowbury. Jacob Riley of Hansons-Brooks will defend the men’s title with Nike’s Matt Centrowitz, Alan Webb and German Fernandez also entered for the 10km race.

STOCKHOLM (SWE): European 400m champion Moa Hjelmer of Sweden has announced that she is pregnant, reports aftonbladet.se. The 23 year old said, “I want a family and many may think it's early, but I walk my own path.” She explains that she feels that the break from athletics will allow her to extend her career to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. While she is pregnant she will continue her teacher training and coach young people at the Tramway FK athletics club. While her sponsors are still supporting her she loses the support of the Swedish Olympic Committee. Hjelmer said, “They have a bit outdated views on parenting. It is very easy to combine children and career. All my other sponsors are behind and support me wholeheartedly.”

BUDAPEST (HUN): Hungarian Athletes of the Year are as in 2011 and 2012 the same two names, both hammer throwers. World silver medalist and World leader Krisztian Pars and Moscow 8th placer with two national records Eva Orban.

DESSAU (GER): The main sponsor "Stadtsparkasse Dessau" extended its cooperation with with Dessau EA Meeting for next five years. The meet was held already 15 times, now has a bright future after this announcement. The date for 2014 is June 11.

TRIER (GER): World marathon star Irina Mikitenko confirmed she will run the 24th Bitburger Silvester Run on December 31 in Trier. At the 5 km she will face younger opponents Corinna Harrer and Gesa Krause coming from shorter distances.

DRESDEN (GER): Former German 400 m champion Martin Grothkopp (in 2009) is switching to bob-sleight. At age of 27 he is ending with track and will concentrate on the winter sport in order to fulfill his dream to participate at Olympic Games. As 400 m runner his weight was at 85 kg level, now he is 100 kg. Grothkopp already celebrated first success in the bob European Cup in Konigssee on December 6 as he was with Albrecht Klammer second. His 400 m best remains so 45.94 from that national title win in 2009.

XIAMEN (CHN): Local media are informing that according to the organizing committee of the Xiamen Marathon, Lamine Diack, President of the IAAF, will attend the opening ceremony and some of the major activities of the 2014 Xiamen International Marathon, which is scheduled for 2nd January 2014.  The Xiamen International Marathon has been held annually for 10 consecutive years since 2003. As an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, it’s now one of the most influential and well-known international marathon races in China. IAAF President should be also the prominent starter of the race.

KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica Gleaner informs that IAAF World Athletes of the Year Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce topped the list of eight nominees for the RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, after announcement at The Jamaica Pegasus.  The Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards will be held on January 10 at the same location and will be preceded by a welcome reception a day earlier. In women nominations there is no other track representative, in men also Warren Weir and Nesta Carter are included.  The People's Choice Performance of the Year Award, which will be determined by public vote, will be chosen from among Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson's last-minute World Cup Qualifier goal against Costa Rica; Javon Francis' 44.00 World Championships silver medal winning 4x400m anchor leg; Dane Nelson's six-timer at Caymanas Park; Khadija Shaw's CFU Under-20 winning goal; and Yanique Thompson's 12.94 World Youth best 100m hurdles win at the World Youth Championships.

BAKU (AZE): Around the Rings website informs that Olympic broadcasting specialist Manolo Romero (also IAAF TV Commission member) is joining the Baku 2015 European Olympic Games organizing committee.  BEGOC made the announcement that it had hired International Sport Broadcasting as the host broadcaster. ISB was founded by Romero in 1996. He has been in charge of host broadcasting services for seven Olympics, including the London Olympics.

ROMA (ITA): Italian young high jump star Alessia Trost will pass the indoor season in order to concentrate on summer and the European Championships in Zurich. She is using now a lot of gymnastics preparation. "With my coach Gianfranco Chessa we're working really hard on all points of my jumping. The goal is obviously Zurich, the difference between World and European Championships in my event is not big. And I want to compete more in the Diamond League in the summer," said Trost who jumped last winter her first two metres in Trinec at Moravia High Jump Tour.

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